Early voting in Ohio begins today. Here’s where you can go

By: - October 6, 2020 1:00 am

In this photo illustration a pencil lies on a U.S. presidential election mail-in ballot. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images).

Today is the first day Ohioans can cast their ballots for the 2020 General Election.

For those not wanting to wait for Election Day on Nov. 3, or have concerns about voting in-person due to the pandemic, Ohio offers several other ways to vote early.

Voting by mail

Ohioans can vote by mail if they first request an absentee ballot. Those ballots are being mailed out to voters beginning today and they should be received soon.

The ballots are to be mailed back to a voter’s county board of elections office.

If you haven’t yet requested a ballot, there is still time. Click here for a copy of the form. 

Voting by drop box

Ohioans who requested an absentee ballot can also drop off their ballot rather than mailing it.

Each county has a drop box located at its board of elections office. 

The below map displays the location of each elections office throughout Ohio. 

Voting early in-person

Each county has a location in which voters can cast early in-person ballots.

For most counties, that location is the board of elections office.

Six counties have separate early voting sites: Lucas, Trumbull, Clark, Marion, Ashtabula and Summit. The above map has the sites displayed, or click here for a directory of early voting location addresses.

For more information on how to vote, visit voteohio.gov.

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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.